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Nice montage of Coney Island boardwalk. Starts with image of soldier taking
his friends' photo. All around them are people, and behind them we see
"Ocean Baths." Cut to a close up of two young women and men (they look
stylish) in a close circle talking_behind them we see "Hyman's Bar &
Grill." Cut to an overview of a crowded section of the boardwalk.
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Crowd of smiling people standing around and looking up. Cut to MCU LA
carnival or sideshow barker speaking into microphone and pointing while
holding tickets. TU to pointer at freak show sign "Smallest Grown Ups On
Earth". People buying freak show tickets. Cut to lurid circus freak show
posters: "Madam Zenda: World's Greatest Mind Reader", "Prof. Frank Graf:
Human Art" (tattooing; poster only), "Marian: Headless Girl From London"
(extremely lurid and practically indescribable), "Winsome Winnie: Fat
Pretty And Jolly" (the circus fat lady), many others including "Zip & Pip:
2 Georgia Peaches". Cut to very rare footage of midget PINHEADS (Zip & Pip,
apparently) on display in the freak show. Cut to people milling about on
Coney Island street.
Brooklyn, New York Hot dogs Frankfurters Eating Amusement parks Roller coasters Rides Beaches Leisure Recreation
Subject: One case of good old days definitely being better
I could go on (naturally!) but two quick points: early swing music is from the soundtrack of Mad Youth (1940), with a great swing dance sequence. The film is so-called "exploitation" but quite enjoyable, and easily findable on the web. Secondly, the two "pinheads" were in one of the most famously strange movies of all time, which all good film lovers have seen: Freaks (1932). Let's give these friendly people some dignity by naming them: Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow.
Subject: Great Film
Subject: When Coney Island was tops
Subject: Oh my God!
To me, a native Californian, viewing these old pictures (and the real thing) of Coney Island were just "beyond the Pale" to me. I never, as a kid, ever had to share my space while sunning or surfing at any of the beautiful Calif. beaches on the Pacific...So, the shots of the crowds in this video made me laugh out loud! So did the guy dancing around with the tiger. There were no animals when I lived in Brooklyn. I take that back. I think I dated a few guys out of my species!
There were a few things I'll never figure out:
1)Why do you have to wait in three separate lines at Nathan's Famous to get a hot dog; an order of those fries; and a Diet Coke! What the hell is that all about??? 2) Why I never got tossed out of the "shooting gallery", as I kept getting 100% games over and over and over...3)I'm glad to know that things have been "refurbished" since '96 when I returned to Calif. But I loved my view (in the far distance, no less!)from my co-op, of the not-in-service parachute jump! I think it's also been re-done. Is that so? And now for my #3 (but really "first" in personal concern): Why oh why did Mrs. Stahl close down (her?) wonderful, amazing,best-in-the-world knish shop???? My best friend and I used to go down on a Sunday in my old jalopy, buy a terrific knish from Mrs. Stahl's (and an extra one to take home to have another day) and a cup of coffee (because there was usually a cool breeze blowing down there). We'd then take our "goodies" and find a place along the boardwalk where we could sit, legs dangling toward the sand below, and enjoy our knishes (I nearly always got the potato/mushroom kind; my friend always got a potato/broccoli and onion kind. It was so much fun "watching people" down on the beach, and the Russian immigrants parading about the boardwalk. Couldn't understand a word they said, but I always did my own "creative" translations! NOW, my last comment/memory: The Cyclone!!! I rode that sucker on a dare from my best friend, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, but who never had the nerve (or the inclination) to ride the Cyclone! We did ride it, and all the while I kept telling myself,"This is supposed to be FUN, right?" I had to retire a few years ago after back surgery to correct several totally squashed discs; many small fractures in my vertebrae, front and back,which the surgeon was supposed to fix. Well, to this day (5 years later!) I can say it has made things worse!!! Now, I have to see a pain specialist; too bad I don't have the nerve to ask, but there are two medical marijuana dispensaries within 2 miles of our house! But you gotta love Coney Island; and never miss the "Mermaid Parade"!
Subject: Coney Island 1940
down to Stillwell ave.
Subject: How do you dl?
Subject: Captures the Mood
It was at a time when New York City was one of the best places to live in.
Subject: Zowie! Coney Island Caviar
Castle Films had contracts with Paramount, Universal and United Artists and would sell 10-minute cutdowns of features to individuals. I think they had short versions of nearly every Hopalong Cassidy western in their catalog. In fact, the music used during the tiger taming scenes is the "Dance Of The Furies" from the opera Orfeo by Christoph Willibald Gluck, used as chase music in the first six Hoppys.
I think it would be safe to say that this film was originally a Paramount release and home rights were sold to Eugene Castle for distribution through camera stores. At any rate, "Coney Island" is well worth a download and its a keeper.
Subject: Coney Island
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Now THIS I lvoe.